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Survivor's Jefra Bland: I Did Have Strategy!

Originally posted 05/08/2014 01:00 PM

Survivor's Jefra Bland: I Did Have Strategy!

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When the Survivor: Cagayan contestants were split into tribes of Beauty, Brains and Brawn, everyone – even Jeff Probst – thought that the Beauties didn't stand a chance.

Sure enough, the Beauties were the first tribe to become extinct after Jefra Bland was voted off last week.

Bland, 23, a former Miss Teen Kentucky USA, insists that she had strategy, and is more than happy to dish about the moves she made while on the show.

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Survivor Blog: Tony Vlachos Flips the Game on Its Head

Originally posted 05/01/2014 06:50 PM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tony Vlachos Flips the Game on Its Head

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"You plant that little seed in their head, in their little brain. And then it grows, and it's called a Russell seed. It takes over their whole mind."
– Russell Hantz, Survivor: Samoa

Tony Vlachos's initials aren't TV for nothing.

The crazed cop has made Survivor: Cagayan one of the best seasons of all time. On Wednesday night, he once again turned on his alliance and flipped the game on its head.

Tony decided that a women's alliance was brewing, and voted out benign Jefra. That left fan favorite Spencer still in the hunt for a million dollars.

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Jeremiah Wood: 'I Kick Myself' Over Losing Survivor

Originally posted 04/30/2014 11:15 AM

Jeremiah Wood: 'I Kick Myself' Over Losing Survivor

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In the end, he was just too nice.

Jeremiah Wood was voted off Survivor: Cagayan on Day 28 after finding himself down in numbers. When Jefra Bland told him that she wouldn't work with him, Wood accepted the inevitable rather than causing a scene – a move he now regrets.

The 34-year-old model from Dobson, N.C., tells PEOPLE where he went wrong – and why he let his looks go before going on the show.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Trish Puts On a Show

Originally posted 04/24/2014 09:40 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Trish Puts On a Show

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"An alliance is easier said than done."
– Kelly Wigglesworth, Survivor: Borneo

We finally had a coming-out episode for the season's secret strategist on Wednesday night's Survivor. Oh sure, Tony found his super idol, Tasha won immunity, and Spencer pontificated grandiloquently.

But the real mastermind in a season filled with big players and giant reversals may be one of the least ostentatious and most overlooked. No, I don't mean Jefra – she's got the strategic chops of cardboard. I mean Trish: she of the annoying laugh and the uncomfortable jokes about her masculinity.

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Survivor's LJ McKanas: Being Blindsided 'Is the Worst'

Originally posted 04/17/2014 01:45 PM

Survivor's LJ McKanas: Being Blindsided 'Is the Worst'

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LJ McKanas was playing a strong game on Survivor: Cagayan and seemed like a lock to make the finals. But after his alliance turned on him, he was blindsided and went home on Day 25.

McKanas, a 34-year-old horse trainer from Boston, talks to PEOPLE about the blindside, and breaks down the gameplay of all the contestants left in the game.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tony Ousts His Biggest Threat

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"It just comes down to your gut. And that's scary because if you put your trust in the wrong person, you're going home."
– Gervase Peterson, Survivor: Blood vs. Water

I'm completely heartbroken!

My season-long favorite met an ignominious end Wednesday night on Survivor. Horse trainer LJ thought he was holding the reins in a six-person alliance. But "construction worker" Tony sent him out to pasture.

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Survivor's Morgan McLeod: 'I'm Not a Mean Girl'

Originally posted 04/15/2014 05:15 PM

Survivor's Morgan McLeod: 'I'm Not a Mean Girl'

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There's a contestant like Morgan McLeod on every season of Survivor. Young and pretty, they make snarky comments about the older – and less attractive – female contestants. (One of McLeod's gems: "If everyone could choose to be cute or ugly, most would pick cute.")

But McLeod, a 22-year-old student and former NFL cheerleader from San Jose, California, wants to stress that she's not as she appeared on Survivor: Cagayan.

"I'm not a mean girl," she says with a laugh. "I'm not who you think I am."

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Survivor: All About Spencer's Emotional Roller Coaster

Originally posted 04/10/2014 03:00 PM

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"Even when you're hungry as heck, hot as heck, emotions are high, you've gotta remember to keep that character cool. Like Cool Hand Luke. Just keep it cool."
– Brian Heidik, winner, Survivor: Thailand

Survivor has really been an emotional roller coaster for poor Spencer. One minute, he's exulting in the highest highs, contorting his body in jubilation like he's just won the Game of Thrones as he celebrates a challenge win or an idol clue. The next minute, he's stomping his feet like his brother was a guest at the Red Wedding.

Wednesday night on Survivor, we got to see Spencer at his best and his worst. On the one hand, he was subtle and calculating like the chess master he is. On the other, he was abrasive and angry like the young kid he also is.

The episode starts with the tribe coming back to camp and Spencer is pissed. Kass has just flipped on his alliance, and suddenly what seemed like a sure path to the final six now looks like a trail to the jury bench.

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Survivor's Sarah Lacina: I Trusted the Wrong People

Originally posted 04/04/2014 07:00 AM

Survivor's Sarah Lacina: I Trusted the Wrong People

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Before Survivor: Cagayan premiered in February, host Jeff Probst told PEOPLE about the show's two police officers, Tony Vlachos and Sarah Lacina. "It's a real cat and mouse situation," he said, without ever specifying which was which.

As it turned out, Vlachos emerged as the cat. With the help of Kass McQuillan, an attorney from California, Vlachos blindsided Lacina on Day 19. The result was one of the most entertaining and jaw-dropping tribal councils in the show's 28-season history. Contestants talked openly about their votes. Two immunity idols were played. Tears were shed. But in the end, a shocked Lacina watched as Jeff Probst snuffed her torch.

Lacina, 29, tells PEOPLE about her experience on the show – and whose betrayal hurt her the most.

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Survivor Blog: Of Bad Strategies and Switched Votes

Originally posted 04/03/2014 10:00 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Of Bad Strategies and Switched Votes

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"Don't sink everybody else and yourself because you're pissed off at one person."
– Ken Stafford, Survivor: Thailand

Holy reversals, Batman! Wednesday night's tribal council was one of the twistiest, turniest eliminations ever on Survivor. Two surprise idols were revealed! Votes were switched! A flopper flipped! It was the most bad moves in a single episode since Big Tom did his chicken dance.

You could practically see Jeff salivating at the insanity. But whence came the madness? How did Sarah – who thought she was in a "Sarah sandwich" – somehow get eaten alive?

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